I've seen several posts about recycling old crayons & melting them down into large rainbow crayons; I've also been mesmerized by such crayons while visiting the SCARCE recycling center. Perhaps it's because I've been crazy busy lately and looking for a delightfully mind-numbing task. Perhaps it's because I'll always love school supplies. Or perhaps even still, it's because I love to get crafty.
The anal retentive side of me insisted on sorting the crayons by color after the removal of the wrapper.
I then began breaking the crayons into pieces using my hands and then a knife to make the pieces small enough to fit into the silicon muffin tin.
I decided I wanted to make solid colors as well as the rainbow chunks I had planned on.
I put in the oven at 230 degrees for about 20 minutes....
I won't lie --- they didn't look very good when they came out & I was a little bit nervous. Did I just waste all that time for nothing?
I left them to harden on the counter top for a while & when I came back to see them?
Mission accomplished. I can look forward to making more in the future when classrooms decide to recycle their used crayons! I'm thinking of sharing a set of these with my littlest cousin, E who is likely just about ready to do some exploration with color.
What do you think? I might explore other options for size/shape. I saw a link online where they used a butterfly-shaped muffin tin. Could be cute, but I wasn't crazy about the shape being the focus rather than the medium.
There's another batch in the oven right now & I'm more than a little excited about this project!!!
Update on the project:
I'm conisdering a used crayon drive at school/home (I live in a condo building with lots of kids so it can't be that hard, right?) to continue this project. I also found an adorable way to package these for gift-giving.